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Posted by Corinne Wilson on 19/11/2018.

Therese Nilshagen and Peppi Dahlmann confirmed for DJWTS

P.S.I. Dressage & Jumping with the Stars is proud to announce the international guest stars for the 2019 event. Swedish dressage super talent Therese Nilshagen will visit Australia for the very first time while her showjumping counterpart, Franz-Josef ‘Peppi’ Dahlmann from Germany has been invited back for a second time due to popular demand. 

 “Therese Nilshagen is one of the world’s top 15 dressage riders at the moment and it will be an amazing opportunity for the Australian audience to see her ride our young horses and present a Masterclass. Peppi Dahlmann has been very popular with our competitors last year and it is a pleasure to see him return to DJWTS,” says Event Director Lizzy Schirmer. 

Therese Nilshagen and her fairy-tale black stallion Dante Weltino OLD have taken the dressage world by storm in the past 14 months. Their breakthrough moment came in the 2017 European Championships in Gothenburg, where Therese’s fine riding earned her a fourth place in the Grand Prix Special and a fifth place in the Freestyle. She also contributed strongly to the Swedish Team Bronze. At the 2018 WEG in Tryon the pair again placed in the top ten in the Special and qualified for the Freestyle, but as we all know, the event was cancelled due to bad weather.

Therese is the down-to-earth girl from next door, from the small village of Vällingby in Sweden, who never owned her own horse and asked her parents to join her older sister for riding lessons at the local equestrian club. After graduating from school she moved to Germany to learn German for a year before she was to commence a law degree at the university in Stockholm. However, 15 years later that degree is no closer as Therese has dedicated her life to a professional career in the saddle. Her first stop took her to the legendary GrönwohldhofStud, where she spent seven years under the guidance of German Grand Prix rider Falk Rosenbauer, before working at Hof Kasselmann for 18 months. Since 2012 Therese is the head rider at renowned dressage stable and stud ‘Dressage Horse Performance Center Lodbergen’ — a position that has secured her the rides on Lodbergen’s flagship stallions Dante Weltino OLDand For Romance OLD. 

The partnership with the horse is what Therese values most about the sport. “You are working with your horse with the aim of eventually speaking the same language. I am fascinated by the level of communication and connection you can establish with such a large animal. It can be a challenge sometimes, but horses are such amazing, intelligent creatures, who give so much back,” she says.  

This is why she prefers to train her horses herself from a young age. “Not to train piaffe and passage with a five-year-old, but to grow the connection and start on the journey together. I always emphasise trust and suppleness as well as a solid foundation, but you have to constantly listen to the horse to see if they are ready to take the next step. You need lots of time, patience and sympathy with horses.” 

For the past three years Therese has been training with German dressage icon Klaus Balkenhol, who is known as a veteran of classical dressage, but also as one of the foremost champions of safeguarding the horses’ strength and well-being in line with their physical and mental capacities. 

Therese is looking forward to her first visit to Australia, “The Opera House and Sydney Harbour are always such an amazing sight, but someone has told me that Melbourne is even more beautiful and I hope I can squeeze in a bit of tourist time too.”

But before that there’s her next competition in the Saab Top 10 Dressage at the CDI Stockholm in December, where she has high hopes for a great performance on Dante Weltino OLD. The DJWTS team will have their fingers crossed!

In the equestrian world Franz-JosefDahlmann is much better known under his nickname Peppi. He finished his Bereiter apprenticeship with Paul Schockemöhle and trained under the guidance of former German Junior and Young Rider coach, Dietmar Gugler, Olympic medalist Wolfgang Brinkmann and later German national coach and Olympian Otto Becker. Peppi competed many young jumping horses for Otto Becker and enjoyed great success with top horses like Firth of Lorne, Cornado NRW and Comme Il Faut. Partnering Comme Il Faut he won the reserve title at the World Breeding Championships for Jumping Horses in 2010.

Peppi and his partner Kate also spent a year working for the famous Zangersheide Stud in Lanaken and as managers of the Beijing International Equestrian Club in China, before returning to Germany to take over the family’s equestrian centre and compete their team of talented young horses. He says, “We are so much looking forward to coming over for Jumping with the Stars and were thrilled to receive an invitation again. We were very impressed with the quality of both horses and riders last year and really enjoyed giving a small impression of how our horses would be working at home. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the show, we thoroughly enjoyed our last visit and can’t wait to be taking part again.”

DJWTS is fortunate to be supported by naming rights sponsor Performance Sales International as well as other long-time supporters of the sport, Marcus Oldham College, IRT, IHB, Longvue, Rivenlee, Tomkinson Group Dressage and Complete Fire Supply Co.

Tickets for the 2019 P.S.I. DJWTS will go on sale later this year. In the meantime you can follow us on Facebook @dressagewiththestars or our new Instagram account @psi_djwts to stay up to date with all the news. For any questions please contact Lizzy Schirmer on+61 431 264 136 or via email: [email protected]

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